Today’s announcement from the Scottish Government outlines the plan to reopen all schools on a full time basis from August.
We are currently considering the practicalities and implications of this announcement and will await further clarification and guidance from government, particularly in relation to public health and scientific advice.
Our priority is the safety of our pupils and staff across our network of primary, secondary and ASN schools, as well as our early learning and childcare settings.
We understand that you will have questions, and as this news was only announced today, we will make further information available on how this impacts on our schools and facilities in the coming days.
We are preparing for pupils to return full-time to school on 12 August and we will be working closely with our schools and partners, including our early years and childcare provision to establish our plans, which we will communicate as soon as we are in a position to.
Update from NLC about Arrangements for August
Link to NLC Frequently Asked Questions for returning to school in August.
DUE TO THE NATURE OF THE CURRENT CIRCUMSTANCES THIS INFORMATION/GUIDANCE MAY CHANGE
Click on the link below to read the latest letter from Derek Brown, Executive Director, Education & Families
Find out more about North Lanarkshire plans for reopening schools by clicking on the link below:
NLC School Plans
New Primary one children are invited into the Infant playground on either the 17th or 18th of June between 10am-11am.
Here you will be able to meet your teacher and get your pack for starting school. There may also be a special guest and gift for you too!
Excellent resources at Young Scot Website and Young Scot NLC
Young people aged 12+ can sign up for young scot membership and access additional opportunities, rewards and discounts on the web page.
The social media pages also contain lots of great information about events, opportunities and youth issues, so please follow @NLCYouthwork on twitter
Miss Wilson has made a new fun way to show this weeks class tasks. Click on the link below to visit her virtual classroom.
Bellshill Academy Transition Letter
P7 –S1 Transition Bellshill Academy
I am absolutely delighted that you have chosen to send your child to our school. As a parent myself, I can imagine the worry you may have about your child making the transition during such an unusual time. I want to reassure you, however, we will do all we can to ensure the process is as supportive as possible.
Throughout P7, your child took part in numerous activities in Bellshill Academy and I hope that already they feel part of our community.
The activities already offered this session:
- Visit in P6 to try a taster timetable and Easter School
- Visits during P7 to do activities in Science, Art, Technology, HE
- Leadership Academy School of Dance
- Open Evening in September
- Regular visits from our pupils and Pupil Support Team
- Visit from our DHT
- Issuing of our handbook
- Enhanced transition activities
Usually, during this term we provide other special transition activities which unfortunately we are unable to deliver at this time; however, I would like to highlight this alternative calendar of events:
- Your P7 teachers will put our Transition Work Booklets to their Glow Teams page for pupils to complete. This will also be shared on the Bellshill Academy website
- Frequently asked questions will be shared on Twitter
- Art activity on Twitter
- Information about uniform will be issued
- Video of school to be shared on Twitter
- Your P7 teachers will put the Stepping Stones booklet on their Glow Teams page for pupils to complete. This is a booklet from the Pupil Support Team with information about starting S1. This will also be shared on the Bellshill Academy website.
- ‘Meet the Departments’ information. Departments will begin to upload information about their departments such as staff, resources, coursework
- Science CSI activity on Glow Teams
- A parental engagement session will be set up on Glow Teams for Parents and Pupils for frequently asked questions.
- HE recipe activity on Twitter
- We will share the classes and House group lists
Mr Hamilton is the Depute Head Teacher in charge of S1 and he will be in touch to let you know when these events will take place and how to access them. He will also be in touch to discuss class lists and House groups when the time comes. Parents and pupils are not to worry about this, our priority will be that pupils are happy and with friends in classes. Lots of work is going on behind the scenes at the moment between our Pupil Support Team and P7 teachers to ensure or information about achievement, individual needs and friendship groups is correct and up to date.
At present, I have no further information regarding the structure of our return to school. Please rest assured, however, I will communicate all of this with you when I am in a position to do so. We are committed to ensuring your child in fully prepared and supported.
Bellshill Academy is committed to its pupils and the community of Bellshill. Our aim is to help provide all young people with ‘rewarding futures in life and work’. This is best achieved when we work together and I would like to thank the cluster primary schools for their strong partnership with us and for preparing the young people so well to take this next step. And, I genuinely look forward to working with you when your child joins us at Bellshill Academy.
My warmest regards,
Mrs Jodie McGraw
I hope you and your loved ones are keeping well and managing to stay safe.
Both our schools will be in communication as appropriate regarding P7 –S1 transition. Prior to this, we have had some enquires about school uniform and we have taken the decision that children in S1 will not be required to order a blazer prior to starting the new session. When we return to school we will issue full details on how to order a blazer and arrange fittings as suitable.
If you have any questions or concerns please contact a member of our team at our Cluster Hub John Paul II Ps on: 01698 522723
Mrs J McGraw Mr K Ross
HT Bellshill Academy HT Cardinal Newman High School